The Cleveland Indians demolished the Chicago White Sox 7-1 to complete a four-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.
As if they were trying to lift the spirits of dejected Browns fans, the Indians guaranteed that they wouldn’t have a losing season with their 81st win of the year.
Nick Swisher has answered the call for a hero at the plate during the playoff race. He launched two home runs to become the first Tribe player to reach 20 this season.
Matt Carson also had a good day at the plate. His RBI single in the second and solo home run in the fifth put Cleveland on top 2-0.
Swisher homered in the sixth off White Sox ace Chris Sale, who has had trouble with the Indians all year. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run later in the sixth to increase the Tribe lead to 6-0.
Swisher’s second homer came in the ninth and traveled 428 feet to right field.
Zach McAllister (8-9) got the win for Cleveland. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and a run. He walked one and struck out five. Tribe pitchers held Chicago to only six runs in the entire four-game series.
With a perfect 4-0 record on the road trip, the Indians will move on to play Kansas City tonight. Scott Kazmir (8-8) will take the mound for Cleveland against James Shields.
In the playoff race, the Indians are now just one-half game behind both wild-card teams, the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays.
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